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Webinar: Update on Haiti Elections Crisis

December 16, 2015, 7 pm

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Solidarity Event with Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange

December 10, 2015, 6:30 pm EST

Martin Luther King Labor Center 1199
310 West 43rd Street 7th Floor
New York, NY

The 10th delegation from the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin will be speaking, including Agent Orange victim, Tran Thi Hoan, along with U.S. Vietnam veterans and Vietnam Americans affected by Agent Orange. We will also have solidarity speakers from other movements.

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Resist Empire & Militarization

November 20, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Fort Benning, Georgia

This November 20-22, 2015, we will return to the gates of Fort Benning to take a stand for justice and accountability.

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Venezuela's Elections in Context

November 17, 2015, 10 am EST

Batelle Atrium, American University
4400 Massachussetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC

Venezuela's upcoming National Assembly elections on Dec. 6 have drawn worldwide attention and media analysis, much of it heavily biased and disconnected from the experiences of the Venezuelan people. As a result, the nation's electoral system, named the best in the world by former President Jimmy Carter, and the democratic processes that form an integral part of elections there, are widely unknown.

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Sentenced To Death: Professor Emad Shahin on Egypt

October 28, 2015, 7 pm EST

St Marks Episcopal Church Capitol Hill
3rd and E Sts SE
Washington DC

Escalating Repression and the Reconstruction of Authoritarianism in Egypt: Professor Emad Shahin of Georgetown was sentenced to death in absentia by the Egyptian regime in May 2015 on fabricated charges. He will be speaking about his experience and his analysis of the regime's escalating repression and crimes against humanity.

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Film Screening: "The Factory" by Rahul Roy

September 28, 2015, 7 pm

Brooklyn Commons
Brooklyn, NY

"A new documentary brings the Maruti struggle alive through the stories of its arrested workers. Rahul Roy's latest film revisits the unionisation dispute that rocked the automobile company's plant in Manesar between 2011 and 2013."

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International Tribunal of Conscience

September 25, 2015 - September 26, 2015

New York, NY

1st U.S. Tribunal Hearings on the Human Rights Crisis in Mexico and Central America || September 25-26, 2015 in New York.

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India's "The Factory" and #DalitWomenFight

September 16, 2015, 6 pm EST

NY Taxi Workers Alliance
31-10 37th Avenue
Queens, NY

'The Factory' traces the monumental struggle of INDIAN AUTO WORKERS of MARUTI SUZUKI, MANESAR their historic fight to form a union & the violent repression they faced at the hands of a State-Corporate Labor Regime.

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Press Conference against Death Sentences in Egypt

July 30, 2015, 12 pm

Lexington Hotel
511 Lexington Avenue at 48th St
New York

There is growing concern that Egypt I​​​ntends to Execute Dr. Morsi and others
On behalf of Code Pink, International Action, Georgia for Peace, Gandhi BE Magazine, Gandhi for Peace, Euro Palestine, Stop the War, The Egyptian Revolutionary Council, The National Coalition for Democracy and Rejection of the Military Coup, The Egyptian Parliament in Exile, The Conscious Front, and finally, the Gorbah Movement, we would like to invite you to attend a press conference condemning the execution of democracy through the execution of Egypt’s only legitimate president, Mohamed Morsi and others.

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Online Event: Libya To Iraq: Da'esh and the Status of US Empire

April 9, 2015, 8 pm EST

Online Event - Join from Anywhere!

The National Lawyers Guild International Committee will host an online webinar and presentation via Google Hangouts and YouTube on April 9, featuring leading scholars and activists providing anti-imperialist information and analysis of the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa.

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World Social Forum: (Neo)Colonial Militarism and State Violence: Global - Local Connections

March 27, 2015, 3 pm

Salle TD9, World Social Forum
Tunis, Tunisia

The National Lawyers Guild is a co-sponsor of the following event at the World Social Forum, the international gathering of social movements taking place in Tunis March 24-28:

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US-Cuba Relations: What does "Normalization" Mean?

March 12, 2015, 6 pm EDT

Vanderbilt Hall, NYU Law School, Room 220
40 Washington Square
New York, NY

In December, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced that the United States and Cuba would restore diplomatic ties and the remaining three of the Cuban Five were freed. This panel, with leading US-Cuba experts,will look at what’s behind the new policy, what it means on a political and economic level as well as for people-to-people relationships, political prisoners in Cuba, and Cuban support in the African Diaspora.

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Combating Gender-Based Violence: Lessons from Haiti

March 9, 2015, 6:15 pm EST

Church Center for the UN or ONLINE EVENT (available globally)
777 United Nations Plaza
New York

Violence against women and sexual exploitation of girls is a problem in many countries around the world. In Haiti, however, the problem is exacerbated by poverty, a lack of public education about rights and widespread insecurity. Survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) have had little recourse in the Haitian justice system, both because of structural weakness and the attitudes of police officers.

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NLG International Committee Retreat

March 6, 2015, 6 pm MST - March 8, 2015, 2 pm MST

Denver, CO
Sturm College of Law

The National Lawyers Guild International committee annual retreat will take place from Friday evening, March 6, through Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015, in Denver. We invite you to join us for 2 days of business meetings and interesting, informative discussions and programs, including innovative discussion on indigenous rights, drones and targeted killing, and environmental human rights.

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Why Egypt Matters: Important Reportback from Egypt

July 10, 2012, 7 pm EST

33 West 14th St
New York, NY

U.S. Lawyers and Activists Return from
Fact-Finding Mission to Egypt

Join us for: An updated analysis on one of
the most important people's movements of our time.

Followed by: A Strategy Session: Building a Global Solidarity Movement

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Puerto Rico's Police Department Practices

November 15, 2011, 6:30 pm

NY County Surrogates Court Rm 503
31 Chambers St

The Puerto Rican Bar Association, CUNY's Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) and the National Lawyers Guild International Committee invite you to a panel discussion looking at Puerto Rican policing and the recent Department of Justice Report..

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October 14, 2011, 10 am

NLG Convention
Philadelphia, PA

This workshop, presented by the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Committee, will address the continuing US colonial occupation of Native American and Hawaiian nations and peoples.

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October 14, 2011, 8:30 am

NLG Convention
Philadelphia, PA

This workshop, sponsored by the Environmental Human Rights Committee, with the Environmental Justice Committee, will focus on corporate profiteering off the global climate change catastrophe caused by our addiction to oil pushed by the same profiteering transnational energy corporations.

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Forum: War Crimes and other Violations of International Law against Africans

July 27, 2011, 6:30 pm

Harlem State Office Bldg Gallery
163 West 125th Street
New York City, NY

As the August 13th Millions March in Harlem against the attack on Africa and African people draws near, prominent legal minds have come together to hold a forum.

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Reception for Agent Orange Justice Campaign

July 26, 2011, 6:30 pm

Church Center for the United Nations
777 U.N. Plaza (44th Street) 8th Floor
New York City, NY

On the 50th anniversary of the first use of Agent Orange by U.S. forces in Vietnam...You are invited to attend a reception to learn about the campaign for justice and to raise funds for Vietnam’s victims of Agent Orange

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Colombia Delegation Congressional Briefing

Colombia event

July 22, 2011, 11 am

House Cannon Building
Washington, DC

NLG Colombia Delegation Report-Back and Congressional Briefing on Labor and Human Rights Situation in Colombia as Congress Prepares to Consider the Colombia-US FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

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Report Back: Tunisia with Azadeh Shahshahani

Tunisian revolution

June 20, 2011, 12:30 pm

1st Floor Conference Room
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

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Rally to Return to Palestine

May 15 Small

May 15, 2011, 1 pm

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
47th St and 1st Ave
New York City, NY

We are calling on the Palestinian and Arab communities in the US and our allies to rally at the United Nations in New York at 1 pm at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th and First Avenue) on Sunday, May 15th, in support of the Right of Return and the actions taken on that day by refugees themselves.

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Report Back from Tunisia

Tunisia reportback

May 13, 2011, 12 pm PDT

Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 226, Judge Wyatt Courtroom
1021 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR

Please join us for a lunch-time discussion of these issues and the findings of this delegation.

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Report Back: Tunisia with Azadeh Shahshahani


April 28, 2011, 7 pm EST

Phillip Rush Center
1530 Dekalb Avenue, Ste A
Atlanta, GA

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"Impunity and the Egyptian Revolution"- A Presentation by Egyptian Human Rights Lawyer Gamal Eid

Gamal Eid

April 22, 2011, 7 pm

NYU Law School, Room 216 (Vanderbilt Hall)
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY

Gamal Eid is founder and executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, the Arab world's leading organization providing original research, legal aid, and technical, networking, and strategic support for the defense of freedom of opinion, expression, and belief. A graduate of `Ain Shams University College of Law, Eid has been lead defense lawyer in many of Egypt's most important human rights cases, and writes and speaks regularly on international human rights and freedom of expression developments. He is also an experienced trainer on human rights research, monitoring, and legal aid, and issues relating to the use of the internet in defense of human rights.

Where: NYU Law School (Room TBA)
When: Friday April 22 7:00 P.M.

Other Panelists Include:
Jeanne Mirer - Jeanne is the current President of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL). She has been an active member of the National Lawyers Guild for over 40 years and is the currently co-chair of the NLG-International Committee.

Lamis Deek - An attorney and human rights advocate specializing in defending Arab & Muslim community members, activists and organizers against governmental attack. Lamis is a long time member of Al-Awda NY and the National Lawyers Guild. She is co-founder of the US Palestine Community Network.

Sponsored by:
National Lawyers Guild-International Committee
NLG NY Chapter
Al-Awda New York

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"South of the Border" Screening

South of the Border promotional graphic

April 8, 2011, 7 pm

MICA, Brown Center, Room 320
1301 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Free, public screening of Oliver Stone's documentary "South of the Border" at the Maryland Institute College of Art, with special guest Mark Weisbrot, co-author of the film's script.

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FBI Raids and Grand Jury Repression

Stop FBI

April 2, 2011, 2:30 pm EST

Panel at NLG Southern Regional Conference
Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Peter Gilbert – Lawyer with NLG
Azadeh Shahshahani – ACLU of Georgia
Tom Burke – Subpoenaed Solidarity Activist

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Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?

March 25, 2011, 3 pm PST - March 26, 2011, 5 pm PST

University of California, Hastings College of the Law
200 McAllister Alumni Reception Center
San Francisco, CA

he objective of this one-and-a-half day conference is to critically evaluate the strategies, limitations, successes and failures of efforts to vindicate Palestinian rights in a variety of different court systems in the United States and abroad. This topic is one of both practical and academic significance. As a practical matter, those considering avenues for advancing Palestinian rights need to make strategic judgments about where to invest resources, and whether, in particular, law suits make sense as a tool for justice or not. Examining litigation in support of Palestinian rights in a variety of different legal environments should also yield insight on the conditions under which courts can serve the struggles of politically disempowered groups to achieve justice, and thus contribute to broader theoretical discussions as well. The conference will bring together leading academics and practitioners of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and will be the first of its kind to be held in the United States.

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HUMAN RIGHTS 101: Using International Instruments to Work for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

January 31, 2011, 2 pm - January 31, 2011, 4 pm

Online Webinar

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Featuring JEANNE MIRER, President, International Association of Democratic Lawyers and Co-Chair, International Committee, National Lawyers Guild

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Peter Erlinder Tour in Pittsburgh

January 29, 2011, 6:30 pm

University of Pittsburgh Law School
Pittsburgh, PA


Peter Erlinder Tour at Brecht Forum

January 28, 2011, 7:30 pm

Brecht Forum
451 West St
New York City, NY


International Justice in Central Africa: U.S. Policy and the Politics of the U.N. Tribunal for Rwanda

January 27, 2011, 6 pm - January 27, 2011, 8 pm

Fordham University School of Law Auditorium
140 W. 62nd St
New York City, NY

In May 2010, Peter Erlinder, law professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN. was imprisoned in Rwanda...

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Peter Erlinder Tour in Philadelphia

January 26, 2011, 12 pm

Temple University Law School
Klein Law Library, Room K2B
Philadelphia, PA


Peter Erlinder Tour at U. Penn

January 26, 2011, 5:30 pm

University of Pennsylvania Law School
Room S-245 A
Philadelphia, PA


International Justice in Central Africa: U.S. Policy and the Politics of the U.N. Tribunal for Rwanda with Peter Erlinder

January 24, 2011, 4 pm - January 0, 2011

George Washington University Law School
Lower Lerner Room 102
Washington, DC

Prof. Peter Erlinder, former Guild President, was recently imprisoned in Rwanda for his legal work. He is currently engaged in a Mid-Atlantic tour, discussing the role of U.S. influence over international judicial bodies and the effects on the people of Central Africa, in particular.

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Webinar: International Solidarity Activism in the Era of HLP v Holder

November 17, 2010, 2 pm - November 0, 2010


Join the NLG International Committee and Shayana Kadidal, Senior Managing Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights for a webinar on November 17 about the issues raised by the Holder decision and its implications for international solidarity activists, as well as the work to challenge repression.

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NYC/NJ Premiere of Award-Winning Film "Dukot" (Disappeared)

Dukot NYC

October 22, 2010, 6:30 pm - October 24, 2010, 6:30

New York City and Hoboken, NJ

Initially banned by the Philippine government in 2009, DUKOT is the story of a young activist couple (played by Philippine stars Iza Calzado and Allen Dizon) abducted and tortured in the Philippines by state security forces. Veteran film and television actress, Gina Alajar, plays an apolitical mother who slowly awakens to the reality of human rights violations after her daughter is kidnapped.

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Major Panel: Race, Corporate Interests, and the Politics of the U.S. Immigration System: Is a True Alternative Possible?

September 26, 2010, 10:30 am - September 26, 2010, 12 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

Moderator:Azadeh Shahshahani, NLG International Committee Co-Chair; Southern Regional Vice President

Amna Akbar, Clinical Fellow, International Human Rights Clinic, NYU Law School
Natsu Saito, Professor; Georgia State University College of Law
Steve Forester, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti Stop Deportations Now! Campaign

Representative, New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice


Task Force on The Americas Breakfast Meeting

September 26, 2010, 8 - September 0, 2010

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

Join the Task Force on the Americas for its annual breakfast meeting at the NLG Convention to discuss task force work for the coming year.


Workshop: Labor Crisis in Mexico & a Progressive Legal Response

September 25, 2010, 5 pm - September 25, 2010, 6:15 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Workshop: Legal & Strategic Tools to Advance the BDS Movement

September 25, 2010, 3:15 pm - September 25, 2010, 4:45 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Thinking Outside the Box 47 Years After Dombrowski: Creative Legal Strategy

September 25, 2010, 3:15 pm - September 0, 2010, 4:45 pm

River Room, Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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What is the role and/or importance of Academic and Cultural Boycotts in the BDS Movement?

September 25, 2010, 12 pm - September 25, 2010, 1 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Torture Working Group: Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in the War on Terrorism: The Next Generation of Litigation and Advocacy

September 24, 2010, 7 pm - September 24, 2010, 8 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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International Environmental Human Rights presentation and discussion

September 24, 2010, 6:45 pm - September 24, 2010, 8 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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International Committee Reception

September 24, 2010, 5:30 pm - September 24, 2010, 7 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Workshop: Housing as a Human Right

September 24, 2010, 1:30 pm - September 24, 2010, 2:45 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Indigenous Peoples Meeting

September 24, 2010, 12 pm - September 0, 2010, 1 pm

River View Room, Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Legal and Political Responses to Israel's Attack of the Freedom Flotilla

September 24, 2010, 8:30 am - September 24, 2010, 9:45 am

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Katrina Lessons Learned: Building Haiti Back More Justly

September 24, 2010, 8:30 am - September 24, 2010, 9:45 am

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Workshop: Puerto Rico – Our Biggest & Best Colony/Sovereignty

September 24, 2010, 8:30 am - September 24, 2010, 9:45 am

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Iran Subcommittee Meeting

September 23, 2010, 3 pm - September 23, 2010, 4 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

The Iran Subcommittee meeting will discuss past work and delegations and plan for future work of the Iran subcommittee.


International Committee Annual Meeting

September 23, 2010, 9:30 am - September 23, 2010, 3 pm

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

The annual International Committee meeting will include a morning business meeting, discussion of all International Committee business, and an afternoon discussion led by IC member Steven Goldberg, discussing international work on "national security" issues in the era of HLP v. Holder.



September 23, 2010, 1 pm - September 23, 2010, 3 pm

Iberville Room, Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

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Free Palestine Subcommittee Meeting

September 23, 2010, 4 pm - September 0, 2010

Monteleone Hotel
National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA

The Free Palestine Subcommittee meeting will review ongoing FPSC work, including BDS work, and plan for future actions, delegations and activities.


URGENT: Call tomorrow (6/1/10) on behalf of Prof. Peter Erlinder

June 1, 2010 - June 0, 2010

Tomorrow US government offices will re-open and we need your help calling... EVERYONE! The US and Rwanda need to know many, many people are paying attention and our pressure will not decrease- it will only grow! Below is a list of numbers to call and a sample script, of course feel free edit or use as a jumping off point.
Thank you again and please call, call, call!!

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IC Committee Meets at Seattle Convention

October 15, 2009 - October 15, 2009

Business Meeting and Commtitee Reports - 9- 12:30
ROUNDTABLE discussion from 1-3 on
the role of Political Activism in our providing expert international law advise. How do you provide objective legal analysis like the Gaza White Paper and still support social justice movements. A key "Lists of Considerations" to guide such important work wil be developed.




October 14, 2009 - October 18, 2009

Marrott Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison St
Seattle, Washington


International Committee Winter Retreat - Organizing for the 21st Century

February 21, 2009, 9 am PST - February 22, 2009, 12 pm PST

Peace Center Building
8124 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Emphasis will be on building membership and participation, technological tools to expand outreach and ways to more effectively use the media, involve law students, and build coalitions.


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UN School in Gaza
El noor UN school in Gaza

January 29, 2009 - February 11, 2009

Israel’s recent invasion of the Gaza Strip has killed over 1300 Gazans and wounded over 5000. Reports have emerged of Israeli forces bulldozing homes, firing on ambulances, and shelling United Nations sites in addition to mosques, schools and other civilian structures.

The Mission of this delegation is to investigate and gather evidence of possible Israeli war crimes and human rights violations in Gaza.

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Beirut International Forum for Resistance, Anti-Imperialism, People's Solidarity, and Alternatives

January 16, 2009 - January 18, 2009

Beirut, Lebanon
International Forum in UNESCO Palace
Beirut, Lebanon

This forum of six workshops aims to coordinate the elaboration of mechanisms to support the resistance and expand it to the greatest extent possible, work on establishing practical alternatives through solidarity among peoples, and seek to promote and develop alternative policies and visions of Anti-Imperialism.

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International Committee Reception at the NLG Convention

October 17, 2008, 6 pm

Renaissance Center Marriott Hotel
Detroit, MI 48243

NLG members and convention attendees are welcome.

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NLG International Committee CLEs: Indigenous Rights and the UN Charter

October 22, 2015, 1 pm

NLG Law for the People Convention
Oakland CA

Register now for the 2 innovative and informative mini-CLEs to be presented by the National Lawyers Guild’s International Committee on October 22, 2015 at the NLG Convention in Oakland, featuring subject matter expects on indigenous people’s rights, the United Nations, and international law.

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